Each week fans of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” tune in to watch Ty Pennington and his design crew build new homes for people in need. With each new challenge, the team conquers unexpected obstacles and is always forced to dream up new creative solutions.
With that spirit in mind, ABC.com and show producers are launching a new “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Facebook social game, where players can build virtual homes for actual families from each week’s episode, or work with an almost endless supply of fictional scenarios in order to play as often as they want.
On Tuesday, Multi-platinum R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige will take the stage for an unforgettable performance singing two songs, “Real Love” and “25/8.” Tuesday night’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance pays tribute the beloved and iconic dance of an entire generation, “The Twist,” in celebration of its 50th year mark, featuring Grammy(r) Award winner, Estelle. Also, pro dancers Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd reunite with the Troupe for a special performance themed to “Gone with the Wind,” as a preview to next week’s Movie Scores theme, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Following last week’s electrifying season 13 premiere, the eleven remaining couples hit the ballroom floor for the second time, performing either the Jive or the Quickstep, on this week’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, September 26 at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.
Today ABC News and the UN Foundation launch an initiative engaging millions of Americans to support millions of moms across the globe around the critical issues of pregnancy, childbirth and children’s health — moms here helping moms worldwide.
The Million Moms Challenge will be featured on weekly segments on ABC News’ broadcasts including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline” and “20/20,” as well as other ABC News platforms, including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, “ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir, “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden, “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour and Juju Chang will be among those contributing reports. The initiative will lead up to an hour-long edition of “20/20″ on maternal health anchored by Diane Sawyer on December 16, 2011 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET).
Have you ever wanted to be an Angel? Here’s your chance! To celebrate one of the most talked about shows of the season, ABC will give fans an opportunity to look and feel like an “Angel” for the day, in the heart of New York. The all-day event taking place on Wednesday, September 21, in New York’s Military Island from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., will bring a taste of Charlie’s Angels Miami Townsend Agency. Professional makeup artists on hand will offer up quick mini-makeovers with Covergirl products to transform passersby into fearless, glamorous “Angels.” Once each alluring transformation is complete, event goers can strike their best “Angels” pose and have their photo taken in a selection of scenes that will appear on the large jumbotron in the middle of Times Square. Participants will receive a branded photo in addition to having their big screen image emailed to them to share with friends and family. “Charlie’s Angels” premieres Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on ABC.
A live one-hour special, “Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Cast,” airing Tuesday, September 20 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network, features the most exciting moments from Monday night’s performances, along with commentary from the judges and never-before-seen footage from the teams’ first weeks of training. Following the one-hour special will be the Season Premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” at 9:00 pm ET, with musical performances by Harry Connick, Jr. and LMFAO. By evening’s end, the first couple of the season will be sent home.
The New York Yankees have invited television icon and “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” host Regis Philbin to be honored with the ceremonial first pitch on Monday, September 19, 2011, prior to the 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are honoring the Emmy-winning New Yorker in recognition of his nearly three decades as host of LIVE, which originated in 1983 as a local New York program. Twenty-nine seasons later, LIVE is one of the most successful shows in daytime television history. The honor comes as Philbin prepares to leave the program, with his last day on air scheduled for November 18, 2011.
Although you will have to wait until the season 13 premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on Monday, September 19, to see it, ABC has released this featurette with production designer James Yarnell as he discusses the brand new set coming to the popular reality celebrity dance competition.
Among the enhancements to the set, which has been built completely from scratch as opposed to other seasons: the dance floor is raised above the audience and judges and will provide a full 360 degree view; the set size has expanded to exploit the studio space, including the use of three balcony tiers; the celebrities and professionals will make their grand entrance through the center of the stage as opposed to the staircases on the sides; and it will feature what may be ‘the largest mirror ball in North America.’
In honor of its new drama, Pan Am, which debuts on the ABC television network on Sunday, September 25 at 10 pm ET/PT, ABC has produced a web-based documentary titled ‘The Real Stewardesses of Pan Am’ which uses archival footage and photos, along with brand new interviews with former Pan Am stewardesses to tell their story at the dawn of the ‘Pan Am Era.’
According to 22-year veteran Sheila Riley, ‘being a Pan Am stewardess was a lifestyle, not a career.’ The former stewardesses reminisce fondly about serving for the airline and its passengers and how air travel, which was much more of a luxury than necessity, has changed in the past four decades.